The fragmented, unstable NL wildlife division
For example, land reclamation should accompany mining; habitat improvement elsewhere should mitigate flooding or other losses to wildlife.
In 2001 the provincial government ordered the inland fish and wildlife division, with its director of wildlife, to move to Corner Brook.
Thus, of the 62 provincial/territorial and state wildlife agencies in Canada and the United States, Newfoundland and Labrador joins only Ontario, Saskatchewan, Kansas, Vermont, and Rhode Island as those that do not have the main office in or near the capital city. Most are in the capital city for maximum effectiveness with elected decision makers.
The move to Corner Brook prevents the daily personal interaction so beneficial with the power players in the Confederation Building, thus hampering the division’s potency. (The ministers and deputy ministers in the department remain in St. John’s.)
While the move centralized the Wildlife Division’s headquarters better geographically, demographically it did not. Its headquarters in Corner Brook on the west coast of Newfoundland is now 687 kilometres from St. John’s on the east coast and the Avalon Peninsula, where 50 per cent of the province’s people live.
The wildlife division also was removed from its close and beneficial contact with Memorial University.
Both the book and the report to the premier present more comprehensive recommendations to government. The provincial government needs to take a good look at how to improve the organization and economically efficient delivery of its valuable wildlife program to its taxpayers.